By Tom Saxe -
Southwestern College water polo player Nick Howard has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Athlete of the Week for the week that ended Sunday.
Howard, a freshman from Hilltop High School, is among the state community college leaders in both goals and assists.
Howard has 82 goals on the season, fourth-best in the state behind Citrus’ Charles Ortega (96 goals), Mt. SAC’s Ricky Winters (92 goals) and Grossmont’s Jorge Perez-Romero (86 goals). Perez was PCAC Co-Athlete of the Week last week. Howard’s 90 steals place him second in the state behind Perez-Romero, who has 103 steals.
Last week, Howard had 15 goals, four assists and 15 steals in the Saddleback Tournament as the Jaguars split four games. He scored eight goals in a 13.6 victory over Chaffey.
Honorable mention went to San Diego Mesa cross country runner Albert Gamez, Palomar wrestler Shervin Iraniha, Southwestern soccer player Alejandro Mariscal and Palomar water polo player David Turner.
Gamez, a sophomore from Mira Mesa High School, ran 4.0 miles in 21:06.4 in the PCAC Championships at Mission Bay Park as he finished second behind race winner and Mesa teammate Steven Martinez.
The two teammates led the Olympians as they outdistanced runner-up Southwestern 35-40 for the team championship. Martinez was conference Athlete of the Week for the week that ended on Oct. 13 and could not repeat the honor due to the PCAC’s no-repeat rule.
Iraniha, a sophomore from Monte Vista High School who was coming off the 157-pound championship the previous week at the Meathead Movers Invitational at Cuesta College which featured almost all of California’s top community college teams, went back to his usual weight class of 165 pounds in the state No. 7 Comets’ 22-15 loss to No. 5 Cerritos. Iriniha, the state’s No. 1-ranked 165-pounder, decisioned the Falcons’ Tim Garmica 12-5.
Mariscal, a freshman goalkeeper from Eastlake High School, stepped in for regular starter Sebastian Ortiz and contributed three big saves as he shut out MiraCosta 3-0. Ortiz has a goals-against average of 0.00 playing behind Ortiz, another freshman from Eastlake, for the PCAC-leading Jaguars.
Turner, a freshman utility player from Vista High School, helped lead the Comets to an explosive 37-15 victory over San Diego Miramar with seven goals, five assists and four steals.